BY-ELECTIONS 2017 MARY HERDMAN POLLS 14% IN EYE, THORNEY & NEWBOROUGH
Graham Whitehead, Branch Chairman Published September 10th 2017
At the Eye, Thorney & Newborough by-election which took place on September 7th, Mary Herdman polled an excellent 14% of the vote.
Considering we are poling 4% or less nationally this was a fantastic result for the Party and shows what can be done with a good campaign and a great local candidate.
However, we need to be challenging to win seats rather than just doing well; UKIP needs strong leadership both nationally and locally and we must rebuild the Party starting at our Party Conference (see Upcoming Events).
Our Leadership Election is upon us and it’s imperative that we choose a leader with credibility on the national stage who can unite the Party and inspire our voters to return to us, securing a strong vote in next year’s Council elections.
EAST WARD BY-ELECTION STRONG SHOWING IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES IN PETERBOROUGH EAST
10% VOTE FOR UKIP
Graham Whitehead, Branch Chairman Published June 11th 2017
I stood for UKIP in the East Ward Council By-election on the same day as the General Election.
Despite our poor showing nationally and intensive campaigning by the “major” parties using their General Election resources I polled 10% of the vote and beat the Liberal Democrats to take third place. Because it took place on General Election day, Labour & Conservatives had the upper hand and I had a hard fight to explain that this was about local not national issues.
Nevertheless, 10% is a good result as we were polling about 2% nationally and to beat the LibDem who is a St. Michael's Gate resident is significant, due to the controversial evictions that took place last year.
The Labour candidate won. There were some unsavoury elements to the campaign and the Police were investigating fraud allegations but seem to have turned a blind eye again.
The result puts the Tories two short of a majority on the Council and shows that UKIP are still relevant in Peterborough and very much a force to be reckoned with.